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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
85F / 29C
Sunny
Total Time = 16h 14m 55s
Overall Rank = 1878/2133
Age Group = W50-54
Age Group Rank = 18/29
Pre-race routine:

up around 4. actually slept, actually ate. took immodium. had everything well organized to go the night before.
Event warmup:

swam some and tredding water
Swim
  • 1h 25m 29s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards
Comments:

positioned myself near "1:30" kayak away from shore and behind the mass of faster swimmers. started to tire around end of first lap but caught second wind and made up some time past first corner of second lap. got kicked in hand and jammed finger which swelled later in the day
What would you do differently?:

not much
Transition 1
  • 14m 13s
Comments:

peelers helped with wetsuit but rash guard caught in zipper. peelers were awesome! but then the transition was up the helix ramp of the Monoona Terrace Center which I was not going to run.
What would you do differently?:

not much
Bike
  • 7h 11m 18s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.58 mile/hr
Comments:

concerned because after 70 miles and 8 bottles of water, no urge to pee so I stopped just to see if maybe standing near port-a-potty would inspire me. it didn't. I didn't pee the whole bike course but kept my fluid and shot intake up. took water hand-ups every opportunity and mixed with the undiluted gatorade on my bike. kept heartrate in aerobic zone except for the hills. crowds were awesome. nice course but hot day and started to feel nauseous and my left toes were numb
What would you do differently?:

not stop if I don't really have need to pee. learn to consume more gel.
Transition 2
  • 17m 11s
Comments:

bike up helix was sort of cool. didn't feel right tho' so I just sat and contemplated the run for a while and gradually moved into getting ready.
What would you do differently?:

under the circumstances, I did what I could.
Run
  • 7h 10m 44s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 16m 26s  min/mile
Comments:

I started out feeling unwell so I walked to first aid station and took cola and ice. from then on, I never felt like running much. I started having to pee all the time. stopping at every single port-a-potty station. ran on occasion but mostly walked. soles of feet hurt, jammed finger hurt and got down at mile 14 when the darkness, loneliness and many miles loomed ahead.
What would you do differently?:

make myself run more.
Post race
Warm down:

couldn't eat (until middle of the night but felt queasy the next day on and off)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

the heat and lack of long run experience

Event comments:

Ironman North America knows how to put these races on and the volunteers and spectators were awesome!! I gave it my best and was proudest of my mental focus and positive energy most of the day. what an experience! harder than childbirth. I swore I would never do it again although I never questioned during the race why I was doing it this time. Now, who knows? we are already registered for Canada next summer!! :-)




Last updated: 2004-09-14 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:25:29 | 4224 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/29
Overall: 1648/2133
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless wetsuit w/ rash guard
Course: two laps around rectangular bouys. mass tredding water start
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 14:13
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
07:11:18 | 112 miles | 15.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/29
Overall: 1713/2133
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: lollipop out of 16 miles with 2 loops of 40 mile course then back the lollipop.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 17:11
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
07:10:44 | 26.2 miles | 16m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/29
Overall: 1878/2133
Performance: Below average
Course: concrete roads, wooded paths, all kinds of stuff.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2004-09-14 9:21 PM

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2004-09-15 9:51 AM
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Great job finishing!  As I have said on occasion before, I can't think of a more impressive accomplishment for a non-professional athlete than completing an Ironman Triathlon.

That is awesome!

2004-09-15 10:06 AM
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Very impressive job finishing.
I watched some of the live feed on the internet particularly the finishers post 14 hours, I'm amazed at you and other finishers ability to push through the pain and finish these incredible long races

Once again, great job.
2004-09-15 11:05 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Awesome to accomplish IM. Thanks for the race report, we all want to learn how to get this one done...sometime in the future.
2004-09-15 12:06 PM
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What an accomplishment.  I got chills!!! 

YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

2004-09-15 10:01 PM
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great report, sounds like you had a hell of a race!


2004-09-16 7:06 AM
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I'm in utter awe of your accomplishment. Congratulations!
2004-09-17 5:49 PM
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Gail

Way to go!! You are amazing. It is so inspiring to hear race reports like this
2004-09-17 7:47 PM
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that is so amazing and wonderful and inspiring! you accomplished SO much. thank you for sharing your race report!
2004-09-17 8:33 PM
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What an awesome accomplishment. Way to go for finishing!!!!!
2004-09-17 9:25 PM
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Congratulations Gail on an amazing accomplishment!!! 

Gary



2004-09-18 8:00 PM
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omg Gail, you have now done an IRONMAN. I am overawed that 'regular folk' do this - especially as you spoke about the run - "got down at mile 14 when the darkness, loneliness and many miles loomed ahead" - but you kept going and finished !!!!

Congratulations !!

2004-09-21 9:46 AM
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That's what I love about these race reports, they take you right into the persons mind as though we were there at mile 14 in the dark. Everytime I read one of these its like I did the race myself. Moondance, thanks so much for sharing your journey and you are my Hero!
2004-09-21 9:54 AM
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You are absolutely awesome. Congratulations!
2004-09-21 9:57 AM
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Wooohoooo!

Hopefully my compadres and I at aid station #4 ( the disco pirates ) on the run were able to provide some help in keeping you going.

Congrats on finishing, despite feeling unwell for the whole run.

Everyone who came through the aid station that day was an inspiration.

-Chris
2004-09-21 11:57 AM
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Absolutely amazing! You are truly an inspiration!


2004-09-21 1:00 PM
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WOW!  You must be so proud of yourself.  Great race!
2004-09-21 5:50 PM
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I haven't even read  your report yet, but I just want to say.... "YOU'RE FANTASTIC" and I'm in awe! Now, I'll go back and get the details.

Nice work.

LW

2004-09-24 3:10 PM
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WTG>>>you age-groupers are the ones who amaze me the most! Especially when you're MY AGE!

I'm a Verona resident and was the woman on Whalen Rd [~bike mile 100 on the lollipop back to Mad City] who had the inflatable dairy cow and the sign that said, "ON WISCONSIN IRONMEN"....I also had a loud plastic [mexican soccer] horn and an equally loud cowbell

I figured since I can't swim, I have to be a cheerleader.



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2004-09-25 7:56 AM
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Way to go! Truly awesome accomplishment.

-Frank
2004-11-18 4:25 PM
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Great Job!!!! I will am taking on IM MOO next year for my first IM... i hope i do as well as you....


2004-11-18 9:23 PM
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That is simply beyond belief! Thank you so much for sharing your race report - you did an AMAZING job out there!
I am completely inspired and in AWE of you!
Well done!
2004-11-21 10:18 PM
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Very cool and you should be proud of yourself!

How long did you train for this one?

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2005-09-18 1:33 PM
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Gail -
Awesome job! You finish and now you're an IRONMAN!!!

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2005-09-18 2:09 PM
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Congratulations on finishing!!! 
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